The purpose our monthly Quell Tips is to provide information to help you optimize your pain relief with Quell and to make you aware of its many unique health and wellness features. We hope you find these emails useful.
The content below is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you read here.
January 2021 Tip
Pain Relief Tip
The stimulation intensity during your therapy sessions is critical to achieving pain relief. What is the best or optimal intensity? Stimulation should feel strong but remain sufficiently comfortable to use Quell regularly throughout the day and night. The calibration procedure estimates this level for you, however further tuning of the intensity may be useful. In general, the higher the intensity the more pain relief you will experience. However, it is important to use Quell regularly so stimulation should not be uncomfortable. The reason that higher intensities are more effective than lower ones is that the strong stimulation activates more nerves, which increases the strength of the pain relief signal to your spinal cord and brain. To learn more about how transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) works read this blog post.
Did you Know?
If you wear your Quell device overnight, it will monitor your movements to determine if you experience periodic leg movements (PLMs). What are PLMs and why are they important? In simple terms, PLMs are repetitive movements of your legs. Quell shows your PLM index, which is the average number of PLMs per hour of sleep, in the Quell Relief app sleep tracking screen. Some PLMs while your sleep is normal. A PLM index of 5-15 is borderline and more than 15 is usually considered high. Many people with chronic pain have a borderline or high PLM index.
High PLMs may indicate that you have restless leg syndrome (RLS) and could suggest that you are at risk for certain chronic conditions. Only your physician can properly interpret your PLM index.
February 2021 Tip
Pain Relief Tip
There are two simple rules you can follow to maximize your pain relief with Quell. First, you should use Quell at the same time you experience pain. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is most effective during stimulation and for a short time (30-60 minutes) afterwards. Second, you should try to use Quell as often and regularly as you can. Our research shows that those who use Quell for at least three 1-hour therapy sessions every day (or at least most days), experience the greatest pain relief. Many Quell users simply put device on in the morning and keep it on all day. Some users wear their device all night because that is when they experience their worst pain. There are even some users that keep their device on all day and night. As an important reminder, please ventilate your skin every 4-5 hours or after waking up in the morning.
Did you Know?
Quell 2.0 can be set to start automatically once it is placed on your leg. This feature is a great convenience because you do not have to open your Quell mobile app to start therapy. Simply place the device on your leg and in about 30-60 seconds your first therapy session will start. The auto-start feature is off by default. To turn it on go to Settings from the main menu and then select Therapy Automation. From this screen select “Automatic Start” and enable by tapping the selector switch (blue indicates that automatic start is enabled).